Friday, 27 November 2015

Black Friday Deals!

Are you shopping today? Here are some great deals on subscription boxes and shops to get you started.

Awesome Pack
Get 20% off your first pack using code 20%off or get a free board game using code SANTASBAG or PAMPLONA. Valid Black Friday only, while supplies last.

Bakers Krate
Get 15% off subscriptions, plus get a bonus item in your first box when you sign up on Black Friday (27th). Use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Valid Black Friday only.

Bespoke Post 
Spend $45 or more at Bespoke Post and receive a free Black Box full of pocket-sized mystery items.
Click here to see last year's Black Box review.

Birchbox Canada
Save 25% site-wide, including full size products, limited edition boxes, and gift subscriptions. Minimum purchase of $45.Use promo code BIGDEAL.

Save 10% on any order using promo code BLACK15. Expires November 30th.

Black Friday - Save 60% off a variety of gifts, beauty, jewelry, candles, and essential oils.
Cyber Monday - Get Mystery BuddhiBags for only $25, plus get selected gifts for 60% off.

Cate & Chloe
Black Friday - Save up to 80% off  all jewelry.

Eat Feed Love Taste Club
Save 50% off your first box using code FRIDAYBLACK.

Black Friday save 50% off sitewide. Use promo code BEAUTIFUL. Minimum purchase of $30. Valid Nov 27 only.
e.l.f. cosmetics

Save $15 off a 3 or 6 month GlobeIn Artisan Box subscription. Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY. New customers only. Offer valid between Nov 27-30. The December box is themed "Celebrate"!

Green Kid Crafts
Save 70% your first month of any subscription using promo code 70SUB or save 50% off anything in the shop using promo code 50SHOP. Ends Nov 30.

The Happy Trunk
Save 60% off the first month of any subscription using promo code BLACK60. Black Friday Only.

Cyber Monday - Save 50% site wide (not including subscriptions) using promo code YAYTODAY. Valid Nov 30 - Dec 1 only.

Kiwi Crate
Save 60% off first month of any subscription using code SUB60 and 50% off shop orders using code SHOP50. Valid Nov 26 through Nov 30.

40% off your first month. No promo code needed. Offer valid between Nov 27-30. 
Click here to see all my LaRitzy reviews.

Lemon Lane Gifts
Save 15% off your first order using promo code CYBERWEEKEND15. Valid Nov 27-30.

Little Passports
Save $20 off a 12-month subscription using promo code WARMUP or save 60% off your first month of any subscription plan, plus 10% off any non-subscription items using promo code BLACK60.

Nerd Block
Save 50% off the first month of your subscription using code BLOCKFRIDAY. 

Owl Crate
Use code BLACKFRIDAY1 to save $4 off the first month of a month-to-month subscription. Expires Dec 1st.

Scent Trunk
Save 50% off your first box using promo code SAVINGS. New subscribers only. Value Nov 26-Nov 30.

Subscribe for 6 months and get the 7th month free. Use promo code FALLSOCKS at checkout. Valid until Nov 30.

Save 40% off your entire purchase from the Sprezza Store using promo code BLACK40.

Save 50% off subscriptions. Use code SUB50. Expires Nov 30th. Also - Black Friday Only - 50% off on Darjeeling teas, 15% off gifts, up to 15% off accessories.

Save $10 off any size Urthbox using code urthboxholiday10. Expires Dec 24th.
Save $10 off any medium or large Urthbox using code nov10off. Expires Nov 30th.
Save $5 off any mini or small Urthbox using code nov5off. Expires Nov 30.
Save up to 75% off Door Crashers and other great deals. No code required. There are some Honest Co. products included in this sale!

Your Bijoux Box
Save 10% off the first month of a subscription, plus get an extra piece in your first box. Use promo code SPARKLEFRIDAY.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Some of these companies are based in the US. Some of these companies may bill in US dollars and may charge shipping. Be sure to read the FAQ of the company before signing up.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

RawSpiceBar Review - October 2015 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review. This post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Raw Spice Bar
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscription. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness.  
RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.
RawSpiceBar ships their packages between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first week of the following month. This has been the case since my first package in January. Keep that in mind if you plan to subscribe.

The theme for October is Malaysian Spice Box. RawSpiceBar teamed up with YouTube chef Caroline Artiss. She specializes in Malaysian and Asian fusion dishes that are also quick, healthy, and simple.
Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines have a firm foothold as established food cultures, but for many, the Malaysian food scene is a bit of an unknown. Formed by spice trading, colonial conquest, and travel, Malaysia offers a cuisine that pulls from many, but stays distinctive. If you peruse the stalls of Penang or Kuala Lumpur, you’d find fish steamed with Malay ingredients like galangal and lemon grass; curries pulling from south Indian traditions; salads full of fresh herbs, many textures, and bright, acidic flavors; locally grown durian for the daring; and rich palm sugar sweets made with Javanese techniques. Spanish, English Portuguese, Thai, and Chinese – you can find bits and pieces of many cultures brought onto the Malaysian plate – a true melting pot of flavor.
Malaysian Laksa Spices with recipe for Malaysian Curry Laksa
Many families in Malaysia have their own secret recipes for curry powder, which are passed on for generations. Each recipe is a bit different- ours is a blend of coriander and turmeric, combined with the citrusy flavor of lemongrass and earthy notes of galangal for creating a traditional Malaysian Laksa.

Kaffir Lime Blend with recipe for Kaffir Lime Salad
The deep green, zesty leaf of the kaffir lime ground into a fine powder is one of our favorite secret weapons for elevating a dish from good to great. We love sprinkling this kaffir lime blend on ice cream, roasted nuts, as a salad dressing base or on top of a bowl of noodles or curry for a final citrusy burst.
Sambel Oelek Spices with recipe for Sambal Oelek Paste
This spicy hot blend of ground chiles is used all over Indonesia and Malaysia both as a condiment and to form the base of curry and rice dishes. Freshly ground chiles form the base of this paste, which is created with the addition of vinegar, lime, garlic and salt to taste.
The October RawSpiceBar included 1.4 ounces of spices and recipes to create two Malaysian dishes plus a condiment. RawSpiceBar also posted a bonus recipe on their website for Nasi Goreng, or Malaysian fried rice. I've never tried Malaysian food, so I can't wait to cook these recipes for friends.

Click here to check out Raw Spice Bar.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Student Velocity Review - November 2015 - Canadian Student Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Student Velocity 
How much? $30/month, plus $6 shipping (CDN$)
What's in it? Minimum of 3 snacks and 3-5 lifestyle items 

Student Velocity  is Canadian subscription that sends care packages to Canadian students. Boxes will contain healthy study snacks, practical items, and fun gifts to help university and college students get through their academic terms
Each box is themed around a specific point in the academic year. Whether it's back-to-school, term paper madness, or stress eating finals the box is designed with students in mind! 
 Student Velocity offers two box options. Gift subscriptions are available as well.
  • Hatchling: $20/month + $6 shipping - Includes minimum of 2 snacks and 3-4 lifestyle items 
  • Raptor: $30/month  + $6 shipping - Includes minimum of 3 snacks and 3-5 lifestyle items
Boxes ship on the 24th of each month. You can skip or cancel any time, through your account page. Student Velocity also has a referral program. Subscribers will get a unique code for their friends to get 10% off a subscription. When three friends sign up using your code, your next box is free!

This is a review for the Hatchling box.

The theme this month is "Survive an All Nighter". The box includes some supplies to keep you going while cramming for exams. 

Joco 12oz Reusable Coffee Cup  ($29.99)
The study night survival plan starts with this reusable glass coffee cup. I am excited for this. I've been eyeing these Joco cups on for ages. I have an 8oz Keepcup, but it's too small!

Grower's Cup Disposable Coffee Brewer (~$4)
This is the simplest and coolest thing I have seen in a while. The pouch contains coffee grounds and a filter. Pour in hot water and you have two cups of Fair Trade, organic Bolivian coffee. I couldn't find this variety on the Grower's Cup website anymore, but it's at a few UK based discount retailers. I might need to buy a case from Grower's Cup. These would be fantastic for camping.

Serengeti Tea Company Tea Sticks in Pomegranate White Tea and Mint Medley ($0.60)
These are also a great idea. Premium loose leaf tea pre-packaged in a tea strainer. It also doubles as a stir stick.

Crackerjack 3-Pack ($4.99)
Snacks are an important part of study night. I used to love Cracker Jacks as a kid but these were not as good as I remember.

Tutti Gourmet Gluten Free Biscotti (2 x $1.75)
These are delicious considering they are gluten free. The Orange & Chocolate one is my favourite. Tutti Gourmet is based in Quebec.

The November Student Velocity "Hatchling" box included seven items with an approximate retail value around $44. The Hatchling box costs $26 per month with shipping, so it's a good value. I LOVE the Joco mug. That alone makes the box. The  tea and coffee products are very cool and I might look into buying more biscotti! The Student Velocity team did a great job curating products to fit the theme.

For those curious, the larger size Raptor box included everything you see here, plus a couple of highlighters (to help with your studying), a rubber ball (for when you need a break from studying), an extra tea stick, an extra biscotti, and some chocolate. The Raptor box costs $36, including shipping.

Interested in trying Student Velocity for yourself or as a gift? You can save 10% off your order using promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout. Code is valid for new subscribers only.

Click here to check out Student Velocity.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

GlobeIn Benefit Basket Review - November 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review. This post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Benefit Basket
How Much? $19.95/month or $56.95/3 months. Additional $12 shipping per box. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? A handcrafted good nestled inside a handwoven basket

Each month, GlobeIn delivers the Artisan Gift Box, a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. From the GlobeIn Artisan Box, comes the GlobeIn Benefit Basket.
Think of it as a mini Artisan Box: a budget-friendly alternative for mindful consumers looking to discover crafted, distinct goods that empower remarkable artisans in remote regions of the world.
The Benefit Basket includes one incredible handcrafted good, selected from the month's Artisan Box, delivered to you nestled inside GlobeIn's signature handwoven basket. Inside each Benefit Basket, you will also find a story about the artisan, their community, and how you are making an impact on their lives with your purchase.

If you remember my Artisan Box review from a couple weeks ago, the theme was "Bedroom". You can see the review here. The Benefit Box item was selected from the items in the Artisan Bedroom Box.

Y'abal Handicrafts Sea Horse Pillow Pet (Guatemala, $22)

In K’iche,’ a Mayan language spoken in the Guatemalan highlands, the word y’abal means “hope.” By creating social programs and fair trade job opportunities for Guatemalan women weavers, Y’abal Handicrafts indeed represents hope for the women, their communities, and their culture.

Silvia Mazariegos is a tailor and designer that helped pilot Y’abal’s Pillow Pet product line. Recently, Silvia’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease which has already taken the life of her eldest sister. For Silvia and her family, the pillow pet has indeed become a beacon of hope, especially the GlobeIn order of 1000 seahorses that came at just the right time. The whole family has organized to assist Silvia in the effort of cutting, sewing, stuffing, and assembling the pets, the proceeds of which will cover the sister’s costly path back to health.
Palm Leaf Basket (Mexico, $12)
The colorful palm leaf basket containing this month’s treasures represents a cornerstone of the GlobeIn Artisan Box—our innovative collaboration with Oaxacan basket weavers. Marina Lopez Antonio is the cornerstone of this collaboration.

GlobeIn’s baskets come from three different Oaxacan weaving groups, which are overseen by Marina. She ensures the quality of the baskets and ships them to the U.S. Herself from a family of backstrap loom weavers, Marina lives with her husband in a village near Oaxaca City.

Marina is an entrepreneur. Her successes result from her instinct to further her education, learn new skills, and connect with others outside her village. While such a departure from the norm was initially against her family’s wishes, Marina’s integrity to her own desires has ultimately enabled her to improve her family’s financial stability and quality of life.
The November GlobeIn Benefit Basket included a handcrafted Pillow Pet from Guatamala. The retail value of this box is $34 US. With shipping, this box comes to $32 US Canadians. The Benefit Basket isn't the best value, compared to the Artisan Box, but it is still a good, affordable way to get the GlobeIn experience at a lower cost. 

If you are interested in trying the Benefit Basket, new customers can use coupon code TRYBENEFIT to save 35% off their first month's box with a purchase of a 3-month Benefit Basket subscription. That gives you $7 off, bringing your 3-month subscription down to $49.95, plus shipping. 

Click here to check out GlobeIn Benefit Basket.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Good Luck Sock Review - November 2015 - Canadian Sock Subscription

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Good Luck Sock
How Much? $72 for 6 months or $132 for 12 months (CDN$). Shipping is included.
What’s in it? A funky pair of socks for men or women.

Good Luck Sock is a Canadian service that sends a funky pair of socks to your door each  month. All their socks are a high quality cotton/poly/spandex blend and designed by the Good Luck Sock team in Edmonton, Alberta. Good Luck Sock offers sizing and designs for men and women.

There are three subscription options to choose from:
  • 6 months for $72. Works out to $12 a pair.
  • 12 months for $132. Works out to $11 a pair. 
  • "Bakers Dozen" 12 months + 1 for $138. Works out to $10.60 a pair.
All plans include free shipping. For the Bakers Dozen plan, within one day of placing your order, Good Luck Sock will send your bonus pair plus a welcome card. If you order it as a gift subscription, you have the option to send the bonus pair to yourself, then have the next 12 months go to your gift recipient, or have all 13 go to your gift recipient.

Orange Kaleidoscope Men's Crew Socks ($12)

Back view.

A typical package will include one pair (as shown above with the Orange Kaleidoscope pair), but Good Luck Sock sent me a few samples so you can see some of their other designs. I was really impressed with the quality. They have reinforced heels and toes and are quite thick. The purple mustache pattern is adorable and perfect for Movember! I also found a Vancouver hockey themed pair, which is pretty cool considering the Good Luck Sock guys are from Oiler country.

Good Luck Sock is a great subscription for those that love funky socks. They make it really easy to gift a subscription too. This is also one of the few sock subscriptions that offers sizes for women as well as men. Good Luck Sock crew socks retail for $12 a pair, so with a subscription, you are getting your monies worth. To get the most value, sign up for a 12 month subscription, which works out to $11 per month. That's like getting one pair free!

 Click here to check out Good Luck Sock.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.